By Cindy Luis
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Tita Ahuna and Diane Sebastian Pestolesi are 2 of the 7 who will be inducted into the UH Sports Circle of Honor next month. There are now 10 individual volleyball players and the 1982-83 and 87 vb teams.
Other inductors are Al and Niko Noga (Footbaoo), QiongJie Huang (diving) and Rose Thomas-Rosie Vera Cruz (tennis)
Ahuna (1984-87), the captain of UH’s last NCAA Championship volleyball team in 1987, was a two-time AVCA All-American (1985-86), USVBA All-American (1986-87) and USVBA tournament MVP (1986-87). She was the first Rainbow Wahine to reach the 1,000-kill, 1,000-dig plateau and still ranks in the UH record book in career kills, attempts, aces, digs, and digs per game. She later coached Hawai‘i Pacific University to two NCAA Division II titles (1998, 2000) and her 2000 team was the first to finish undefeated in Division II history at 28-0. Ahuna was named national Coach of the Year that same year. Ahuna, who also coached Kamehameha to two boys’ state titles, is the only person in Hawaii volleyball history to win state high school and collegiate national titles as both a player and coach.
>> Sebastian Pestolesi (1978-81), the first blue-chip mainland recruit for Rainbow Wahine coach Dave Shoji was a starting middle blocker for the 1979 AIAW national championship team and was named to the all-tournament team. She was a three-time AIAW All-American (1978-80) and the 1980 Broderick Award winner as the nation’s top collegiate volleyball player. A U.S. national team member, she was named the 1981 Hawaii state female athlete of the year. The only female athlete to be named CIF-SS MVP in two sports in the same school year (volleyball and basketball) she was inducted into the Santa Barbara Athletic Round Table Hall of Fame in 1993.